How to Manage Your Anger

JUNE 12, 2022

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Prov. 29:11 – A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.

I Cor. 13:5 –Love is not easily angered.

First let’s look at four common expressions of anger.

1. The exploder.
Gen. 4:5 & 8 – Cain became furious and he scowled in anger, and while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

2. The mute.
Jer. 15:17 & 18 – I stayed by myself and was filled with anger. Why do I keep on suffering? Why are my wounds incurable? Why won’t they heal?

3. The martyr.
Luke 15:28 – The elder brother was so angry he would not go in (to the party). So, his father went out and pleaded with him.

4. The manipulator.
Luke 6:11 – But they were furious and began to plot with each other what they might do to Jesus.

Six principles for managing your anger.

Prov. 25:28 – If you cannot control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls, open to attack.

1. Learn to like yourself.
Matt. 22:39 – Love your neighbor as yourself.

2. Learn to admit your anger.
Job 7:11 – I can’t be quiet. I am angry and bitter. I have to speak.

3. Look for reasons behind your anger.
Prov. 19:11 – A man’s wisdom gives him patience. It is his glory to overlook an offense.

4. Deal with anger immediately.
Eph. 4:26 & 27 – In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ecc. 7:9 – Keep your temper under control. It is foolish to harbor a grudge.

5. Think before you speak.
James 1:19 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

Prov. 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.

6. Be filled with God’s Spirit.
Gal. 5:22 & 23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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